Many historians have argued that the hit nineteenth-century play Metamora; or The Last of the
Wampanoags by John Augustus Stone evoked aspects of the then-popular culture of the American Republic. For example, they suggest it highlighted hierarchal distinctions between “civilization” and “savagery,” and reinforced the dominant myth of the “vanishing” Indian. For this out-of-class assignment, read the provided Metamora excerpts, along with reading Jones and reviewing relevant lecture notes, and write an essay that affirms or rejects the above position. Your essay thus will use detailed evidence drawn from the play excerpts to support your argument whether Metamora stereotypes Native Americans as savages and Euro-Americans as civilized, along with if the play highlights the notion that Native Americans would inevitably vanish in the advance of Euro-American civilization.